Bringing Writers Together

The Federation aims to support writers by making the whole process much easier to negotiate, from starting to write to publication. We can help you to find a writing group in your area, tell you where you can perform (if that is your wish) and help with the process of getting published.

We recognise that writing groups can be quite isolated, and aim to offer them opportunities to meet by mounting seminars and workshops on key themes. The Federation provides a place for writers to sell collections and anthologies at our events, when appropriate.

We aim to:

  • Organise performance events
  • Develop a rolling calendar of writing events
  • Maintain a directory of writing groups
  • Issue a regular newsletter
  • Support people in the development of their writing

The Federation of Writers (Scotland) Committee members 2018-2019

Executive Convenor: Jenifer Harley
Membership Sec: Marie-Therese Taylor
Minutes Secretary: Howard Singerman
Treasurer: Vacant Mark Wightman managing accounts pro tem.
Publicity Convenor-FB: Caroline Johnstone
Publicity Convenor-website:
Education Convenor: Ailie Hunter
Assistant Education Convenor: Lesley Traynor
Events Convenor:
Assistant Events Convenor: Janet Crawford
Marcas Mac an Tuairneir
Committee Members:
  Anne Clarke Rose Fraser Ritchie
Vincent Maguire Eileen Farrelly
Ambassadors (unelected de facto committee members)
 Etta Dunne
Marc Sherland
Anne Connolly

New Voices Press

 Prose Editor Finola Scott
Poetry Editor vacant
 Anthology Editor Ailean Macglas

The Federation of Writers (Scotland) patrons:

 Carol Ann Duffy Liz Lochhead
 Magi Gibson Christine de Luca
 Dave Anderson Carl MacDougall
 Donny O’Rourke Janet Paisley
 Rosemary Ward Bashabi Fraser
 Zoe Strachan

3 thoughts on “About

  1. I have a poem, Seam, in one of your anthologies. My first novel has just been published which is called Running On Sand and is set in Norfolk. II would like to give the link to your website and the anthology on my website which is currently being developed and should be finished in a week or two. Would this be okay and is there any standard procedure I should follow? The publicists for the book are palamedes.co.uk

    Kind Regards


    1. Gerda,
      Apologies for months and months passing before I noticed your comment – I am a relatively new webmaster and failed top realise I needed to check regularly. The answer is No, we don’t put all the members and their details on the site. This would be a target for spammers and bots and our members would not thanks us for it! Ruth


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